Larry Kissell

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Larry Kissell
Larry Kissell.jpg
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 8
Former member
In office
January 3, 2009-January 3, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 31, 1951
Place of birthPinehurst, North Carolina
ProfessionBusinessman, Teacher
Net worth$206,504
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Campaign website
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Lawrence Webb "Larry" Kissell (b. January 31, 1951) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina. represented North Carolina's 8th congressional district from 2009 to 2013. Kissell defeated Marcus Williams in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[1][2]

According to a March 2012 article in Roll Call, Kissell was one of the top 10 most vulnerable incumbents.[3]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kissell was a "centrist Democrat".[4]

Republican challenger Richard Hudson defeated Democratic incumbent Kissell on November 6th, 2012.[5]

Biography

Kissell was born in Pinehurst, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. from Wake Forest University in 1973.[6]

Career

After earning his degree, Kissell worked for 27 years in textiles. In 2001, Kissell began a new career as a high school civics teacher in East Montgomery, North Carolina.[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Kissell served on the following committees:[8]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Kissell voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Voting with party

November 2011

Larry Kissell voted with the Democratic Party 76.3% of the time, which ranked 175th among the 192 House Democratic members as of January 2012.[10]

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Kissell ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing North Carolina's 8th District. Kissell won the nomination on the Democratic ticket after he defeated Marcus Williams in the primary.[1] He faced Richard Hudson (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[11] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[11]

Kissell did not received the monetary assistance set aside for him from the Democratic Party, while the Republican Party poured money into Hudson's campaign.[12] Despite the fact that the majority of voters in this district were registered democrats, the district has a history of voting republican, and after redistricting the ratio of democrats to republicans decreased.[12] The disparity of funds and the new political demographic have analysts favoring Hudson in this race, but Kissell has won against long odds in the past: in 2006, he won the primary for the democratic nomination without the support of the party.[13]

Kissell's voting record caused some rifts in a local chapter of the democratic party. Leaders of the Cabarrus County Democratic Party have signed a petition to remove their chairman after she refused to endorse Kissell because of his anti-Obama voting record. Kissell voted to repeal the PPACA (Obamacare), refused to endorse Obama for re-election, and declined to attend the Democratic National Convention.[14]

Hudson's campaign reported that Kissell declined to schedule a final debate between the two candidates, and claimed that he was reluctant to engage in debates throughout his campaign.[15]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Larry Kissell Incumbent 45.4% 137,139
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hudson 53.2% 160,695
     Write-In N/A 1.5% 4,446
Total Votes 302,280
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary results

The primary took place on May 8, 2012.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives-North Carolina, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Kissell 72.6% 45,987
Marcus W. Williams 27.4% 17,393
Total Votes 63,380

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kissell was re-elected to the United States House for a second term. He defeated Harold Johnson (R), Thomas Hill (Libertarian), and the write-in candidates.[17]

U.S. House, North Carolina Congressional District 8 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Kissell Incumbent 53% 88,776
     Republican Harold Johnson 43.7% 73,129
     Libertarian Thomas Hill 3% 5,098
     Write-in 0.3% 439
Total Votes 167,442

Campaign donors

2012

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Kissell lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Kissell's campaign committee raised a total of $1,303,395 and spent $1,308,675.[18]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Kissell's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Kissell was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a second term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,104,141 and spent $1,105,922.[19]

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Kissell paid his congressional staff a total of $990,945 in 2011. Overall, North Carolina ranked 7th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kissell's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $58,009 to $354,999. That averages to $206,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 119.68% from 2010.[21]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Kissell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-6,991 to $194,999. That averages to $94,004, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[22]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kissell ranked 177th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[23]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Kissell was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 176th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[24]

Recent news

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Personal

Kissell is married to his wife, Tina, and they have two daughters: Jenny and Aspen.[25]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 North Carolina State Board of Elections "Primary Election Results" Accessed May 9, 2012.
  2. Coshocton Tribune "GOP candidates Hudson, Keadle face runoff," May 8, 2012
  3. Roll Call "Top 10 Vulnerable: Targets on Their Backs," March 16, 2012
  4. Gov Track "Kissell" Accessed May 22, 2012
  5. Politico "2012 Election Map, North Carolina"
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "KISSELL, Larry, (1951 - )"
  7. Congressman Larry Kissell, Representing the 8th District of North Carolina "Biography"
  8. Congressman Larry Kissell, Representing the 8th District of North Carolina "Biography"
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 Fay Observer "Rep. Larry Kissell faces fight from Richard Hudson in Congressional District 8" Accessed October 17, 2012
  13. Charlotte Observer "Robert Pittenger's $3 million dwarfs rival war chests" Accessed October 17, 2012
  14. Independent Tribune "Cabarrus Democratic leaders move to oust party chair" Accessed October 17, 2012
  15. Fay Observer "U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell won't commit to debate against challenger Richard Hudson" Accessed October 17, 2012
  16. North Carolina State Board of Elections "2012 Primary Results" Accessed October 10, 2012
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  18. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed April 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Larry Kissell 2010 Election Data," Accessed January 4, 2012
  20. LegiStorm, "Larry Kissell," Accessed September 25, 2012
  21. OpenSecrets.org "Larry Kissell (D-NC), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Larry Kissell (D-NC), 2010," Accessed September 25, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. Congressman Larry Kissell, Representing the 8th District of North Carolina "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Robin Hayes
U.S. House of Representatives - North Carolina, District 8
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Richard Hudson